Fall Xbox Live Update Includes 1080p Support

Sean Sands

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Fall Xbox Live Update Includes 1080p Support

Microsoft's sixth generation Xbox Live update today includes long awaited 1080p HD support for games and movies as well as new streaming video options and new demo download options.

Following up on the promise made at Microsoft's September X06 event, today's Xbox Live update includes 1080p support, upscaling existing games and leaving the door open for developers to include 1080p in upcoming titles. The upgraded HD support also paves the way for better resolutions on HD-DVD movies, which will be supported by an HD-DVD add-on drive available later this year.

Also included is the ability to stream WMV movies from PCs with Media Player 11 or Media Connect. Also available will be the option of playing video from DVDs, USB 2.0 drives and 360 Memory Units.

In total, 85 upgrades are planned with the full list available here [http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2006/1030-novemberupdate-completelist.htm].

Source: Next Generation [http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4101&Itemid=2]

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Virgil

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One thing to keep in mind is that the upgraded resolutions are only available in certain circumstances because of licensing restrictions in the CSS/AACS specs.

If the Xbox is connected using Component cables:[ul][li]Games will be output up to 1080p.[/li][li]DVDs will be output at 480p.[/li][li]HD-DVDs will be output up to 1080i[/li][/ul]

On the other hand, if the Xbox is connected using a VGA cable:[ul][li]Games will be output up to 1080p.[/li][li]DVDs will be output up to 1080p.[/li][li]HD-DVDs will be output up to 1080p[/li][/ul]

If you have a HD television and it has a VGA input, connect your Xbox 360 using the VGA cable. Because of loopholes in the licensing, a VGA interface can use different rules than standard home theater interfaces, and Microsoft is now taking advantage of them, making it the best choice for visual quality.

If your HD TV, like many, only goes to 720p, then you should only worry about this if you use the 360 as a DVD player as well.